Grant Nesmith is a twenty-nine-year-old musician from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina who released Between Tides. The album is a mix of rock, Americana and some folk and country as well. Nesmith recorded the album in an “old school” way which in this case means no computers and no auto-tune. That means that he recorded to tape which I’m a big fan of.
The album opens with “Gone So Fast” which is melodic and covered in reverb that melds emotions like nostalgia, melancholy and hope. It’s a very palatable mix of instrumentation and I thought it was a great way to start.
I was even more on board with the old country vibes of “Every Night.” The pedal steel guitar sounds fantastic. That being said I loved how everything sounded including the warm vocals that Nesmith has.
“The Fog” is another testament to his talent. It’s catchy, heartfelt and just a beautifully written and delivered song. It reminded me of The Shins when they have more of a country angle. “Never Going Back” was an energy infused song that could be the single while “Blue” has just a tinge of shoegaze if you listen close enough.
“Event Horizon,” “Albatross” and “Ice Heart” hit all the right marks as well. He closes with “Rise” which I would say is the most shoegaze infused song.
Although shoegaze and country are very different genres it seems like he was able to bring these genres together through his songwriting and reverb. I was impressed he was able to pull this off. This is a consistently good and cohesive album. Take a listen.
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